News 1 Dec 2016

Gibbs finalising contract extension with KTM for 2017

Recovery from broken femur on-track for MX Nationals runner-up.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Former Australian MX1 champion Kirk Gibbs is in the final stages of negotiations with the KTM Motocross Racing Team to extend his contract through to the 2017 season.

Gibbs, who’s coming off a broken femur sustained in September while taking part in supercross preparations, indicated his contract would likely see him racing internationally at the conclusion of the MX Nationals next year.

“That’s the plan [to stay with KTM], we’re just sorting a few minor details out at the moment,” Gibbs shared with “Everything should hopefully be announced soon and, yeah, I’m really looking forward to it – I love the team and I love the bike, so I’m really happy about that.

“Hopefully when the guys announce it, there’s going to be a few things that will be a little bit different in my contract. Hopefully I’ll get overseas a bit more towards the end next year, so that will be good.”

The Queensland-based rider revealed his recovery from the broken femur is on-track just three months in, stating he has sought the advice from close friend Brenden Harrision to assist him in being back on the bike, which he intends to do within the next month.

“It’s a bit over three months in now and everything’s looking good – I’m back on the cycle bike and doing things like that,” he continued. “It’s going really well, I still get a little bit of pain here and there – anyone who has broken a femur will probably tell you that. I’ve been bouncing off Brenden Harrision, he’s been there done that, so just liaising with him.

“I think everything is on-track, hopefully I’ll get to ride in three or four weeks as long as everything keeps going to plan. My recovery pretty much started straightaway from the day that I had the incident, so that worked out really well for me. I’ve just been doing everything I can to be on the right track to be back on the bike.”

Gibbs initially joined the KTM Motocross Racing Team in 2013 in what was his rookie year in the premier MX1 category, he has since experienced vast success with the outfit, claiming the runner-up spot in the MX Nationals on two occasions while earning the title in 2015.